Here’s Elisabeth Elliot’s take on Titus 2:3-5:
“It would help younger women to know there are a few listening ears when they don’t know what to do with an uncommunicative husband, a 25-pound turkey, or a two-year-old’s tantrum.
It is doubtful that the Apostle Paul had in mind Bible classes or seminars or books when he spoke of teaching younger women. He meant the simple things, the everyday example, the willingness to take time from one’s own concerns to pray with the anxious mother, to walk with her the way of the cross—with its tremendous demands of patience, selflessness, lovingkindness—and to show her, in the ordinariness of Monday through Saturday, how to keep a quiet heart.
These lessons will come perhaps most convincingly through rocking a baby, doing some mending, cooking a supper, or cleaning a refrigerator. Through such an example, one young woman—single or married, Christian or not—may glimpse the mystery of charity and the glory of womanhood.”
My sisters and I will be the first to “amen” Elisabeth on these words. We are doubly blessed as we have both a mother and mothers-in-law committed to caring for us. This week is no exception…
Nancy (Nicole’s mom-in-law) took Jack last night so that Nicole and Steve could have some time out alone. She also watches Jack every Tuesday to bless Nicole with a break.
My mom is doing Kristin’s and my laundry (which is no small pile) even as I write. We leave on a church retreat tomorrow and she wanted to take something off our to-do list. She will also be watching Owen during the retreat.
Kaye (that’s Kristin’s mother-in-law) will be watching Kristin’s two oldest kiddos for the retreat. This requires time off work, but Kaye is happy to do it.
Kim (mom-in-law to me) will be taking Caly while we attend the retreat. Kim also takes Caly each and every Wednesday so that I can as she puts it, “do anything I want.” Wow!
Mom, Nancy, Kaye, and Kim, we cannot thank you enough for the way that you sacrificially serve each of us. You are living the Apostle Paul’s words in Titus 2 and we younger women couldn’t be more grateful!
You don’t have to be a mother or a mother-in-law to apply Titus 2:3-5. Just take a look around and you will find many motherless women in need of that listening ear and practical advice. Give them a call. Offer to babysit or make a meal. Be their friend. “Show her, in the ordinariness of Monday through Saturday, how to keep a quiet heart” so that she “may glimpse the mystery of charity and the glory of womanhood.”
(Quote taken from Elisabeth Elliot, “A Woman’s Mandate,” from Family Practice, ed. R.C. Sproul, Jr. (Phillipsbur, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 2001), p. 62)